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The newest phenomenon among female politicians isn't a new stance on health care or a bill that's in the works—it's that they've all fallen in love with the same pair of shoes. Designed by Kate Spade, the three-inch "Halle" wedge has a classic round toe and a trendier scooped wedge, and has become so popular that one office placed a bulk order and others have compared its comfort and cult-like popularity to that of Crocs. For women in the process of making a name for themselves in politics, the footwear has made it easier to maintain the difficult female image of looking stylish but not too much so, by way of a friendly suggestion spread among the group by word of mouth. [NY Times]